Germany gives £3.4m to Dutch Holocaust museum’s renovation
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Germany gives £3.4m to Dutch Holocaust museum’s renovation

The museum will close down for two years so it can be redone, and will be turned into a single site with a larger capacity

Google street view image of the Dutch national Holocaust museum.
Google street view image of the Dutch national Holocaust museum.

Germany has pledged nearly £3.4 million ($4.5 million) toward renovating the Dutch national Holocaust museum.

Emile Schrijver, director of Amsterdam’s Jewish Cultural Quarter, an organisation comprising five museums and institutions in the Dutch capital, announced the funding Monday.

“We expected a donation of half a million or a million euros,” Schrijver told Het Parool.

The National Holocaust Museum of the Netherlands opened in 2017 in a former religious seminary that was used to smuggle hundreds of Jewish children to safety from an adjacent building in which they were held. Their parents were interred across the street at the Hollandsche Schouwburg, a theatre that the Nazis converted into a detention facility.

In February, the museum will close down for two years for renovations meant to turn the theatre and seminary into a single museum with a larger capacity and state-of-the-art displays. The renovations will cost about £23m ($30 million). The Dutch government has allocated at least $6 million toward the project.

Nazi Germany and its Dutch collaborators murdered about 75 percent of the Netherlands’ pre-war Jewish population of approximately 140,000 Jews. It was the highest death rate in Nazi-Occupied Western Europe. Dutch Jewry’s numbers have remained at around 40,000 people since the Holocaust.

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